Batsmen win you matches, bowlers win you tournaments. This saying never gets old. Time in and time out, bowlers all around the world are showing us why this statement holds true every single time. The most recent example to validate this statement is the Indian Premier League itself. Teams with the best bowling lineups are leading the points table as the tournament reached its halfway mark. Yuzvendra Chahal for RR, Umran Malik and T Natarajan for SRH, Umesh Yadav for KKR, Kuldeep Yadav for DC, and Avesh Khan for LSG, all these bowlers are in the race for that coveted Purple Cap. And the fact that none of them on this list has won it before makes it even more interesting. Let’s see who comes on top after the end of IPL 2022.
If we are to go with the current form, then there is no way Yuzvendra Chahal is leaving that Purple Cap. He has been holding on to that since the start of this season. His partnership with Ashwin has been the main reason for the resurgence of the RR team after many years. And the fact that the pitches will tend to get slower in the coming days will help him a lot to go ahead of his competitors in the race for the Purple Cap.
If Yuzvendra Chahal has some competition, then it’s from his dear friend Kuldeep and the young pace sensation Umran Malik. The latter has been in red hot form and is bossing the middle overs with his brute pace. His consistency in bowling in good line and length along with his pace is sure to reward him with more wickets in the coming matches. While Umran is using his brute pace to get the wickets, Kuldeep is the straight opposite, he is amongst the wickets charts due to his flighted slow deliveries and slight variations.
Kuldeep’s redemption is the story of the IPL. He, who was benched for the last couple of seasons in KKR has come back strongly and even delivered his revenge on KKR by taking 8 wickets in the 2 matches played against them. He is also a strong contender for the Purple Cap in this form. But in his recent interview he picked his dear Yuzvendra Chahal to go all the way this season.
“He has encouraged me a lot. He has been like a big brother and stood by me during my bad times. In my heart, I want him to go and win the Purple Cap because he has been bowling exceptionally over the past four years,” said Kuldeep.
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